Barcelona Forward to Stay at Nou Camp Despite European Interest

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Despite interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, Ousmane Dembele will stay at Barcelona until the end of the season, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Frenchman, who has refused to commit his long-term future to the Catalan club, will see out his contract at the Nou Camp, which expires in the summer.

Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain Target to Stay at Barcelona

European Interest

Ousmane Dembele has been one of the most talked-about potential transfers of the January transfer window but the 24-year-old will remain in Spain until the summer.

According to Romano, Manchester United haven’t shown interest in the Frenchman, despite reports, while Chelsea failed to open talks. Staying in the Premier League, Tottenham had ‘never been close’ while there was no interest from the player for an Arsenal swap.

In addition, the forward could have made a return to his homeland but Barcelona and PSG failed to reach an agreement for a move.

Contract Issues

With Dembele out of contract in the summer, it would seem likely that he will depart the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

This is down to his contract dispute with the Catalan club. New manager Xavi issued an ultimatum of committing his future to the club or being forced to leave. Now, he has failed to sign a new deal but will remain at the club despite the club’s best interest to offload him.

Dembele didn’t want to leave the club, despite interest from over Europe, but he also didn’t want to be forced into taking a pay cut in a new contract to help Barcelona’s crippling financial crisis.

Arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Barcelona

Although the loan move from Arsenal to Barcelona hit a snag, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally completed his move to the Nou Camp, subject to a medical.

Even with the move, Barcelona have been able to juggle their finances to include the Gambia international and Dembele on the payroll.

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